South Carolina adds three commits in one day, now ranked No. 5 in nation


Look out, Clemson. South Carolina’s creeping up on you.

Recruiting: That fun thing SEC fans pay attention to and brag about for all of those lonely months in between games. Well, the Gamecocks had something to brag about early this week when they went out of state and nabbed three new recruits in one day (Monday) to up their class to 18 commitments. Two hail from Georgia and one from North Carolina. In fact, only 1 of the 18 recruits are even from the Palmetto State–five-star DE Shameik Blackshear.

The Gamecocks are now rated the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation, just two spots behind Clemson’s class of 20. Of South Carolina’s 18 commitments, 8 are ranked four-star prospects or better.

The best of the litter is cornerback/safety prospect Octavis Johnson from Clinch County H.S. in Georgia. He’s a 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star prospect with good speed. Things had heated up over the past few months for South Carolina, and Clemson, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas A&M had also offered.

“Just committed the SOUTH CAROLINA BLESSED GAMECOCK NATION,” Johnson Tweeted from his private account.

The other two pickups were three-star TE Connor Redmond (6-4/220) out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) and three-star cornerback Jaire Alexander (5-11/170) out of Charlotte (N.C.). Just a few days prior, three-star defensive end Quandeski Whitlow (6-3/220) came aboard from Alabama.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to industry composite ranking.

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